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Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

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Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

Just advising people to be wary and wear lots of repellant

A drug-resistant strain of malaria has hit Southeast Asia and is spreading through parts of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Scientists have warned that anti-malaria drugs haven’t been able to kill the strain that is sweeping the region.

It’s thought that it originated in Cambodia and then spread further to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

“We think it is a serious threat,” Professor Arjen Dondrop, head of the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok told the BBC.

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1. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

People should always cover up in bad areas. No cure for dengue and you wouldnt want malaria with or without treatment.

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2. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

Thank you for posting this warning Frances. I've been reading about this also and haven't been able to learn whether or not the current anti malaria compounds such as Malarone, have any effect on this particular strain. Therefore, as that doesn't provide any protection from dengue fever anyway, it's possibly best to not rely on being protected in that way but to be sure to use a good repellant regularly. Don't forget the soles of your feet and the back of your neck.

It's also helpful to spray your room with Baygon or similar before you go out for dinner in the evening.

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3. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

We've read about this too.

Do you know which parts of Thailand this is relevant for? We are going to Koh Kood in 2 months with our children of 6 and 10, but are thinking that it might not be worth the risk :-(

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4. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

Anyone knows sth more about it? We were thinking about Koh Lanta or Koh Yao in November, but now we are also concerned about it.

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5. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

Hi,

My understanding is that this strain has been around the Thai Cambodian border for some time. Also in the very far west between Myanmar and Thailand there is some resistance to conventional drugs.

The press have gotten hold of it and it’s now the hot story. For most parts of Thailand there is still very low risk.

Cheers

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6. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

I thought so too. Check on https:/…t.html and it is said that Krabi in a none risk. I wonder if the non malaria region can suddenly become infected.

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7. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

Not sure anyone on TA traveller forum is qualified to answer that. Since reports say that it is resistant to current anti-malarials take the recommended precautions against Dengue Fever i.e. good Deet based repellent by day and night and cover up away from the beach.

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8. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

They could run that story every year. As long as I've been here, 2000, there's been a strain resistant to drugs. Kind of comes in waves.

Along the border Sa Kaeo and Kanchanaburi seems to get mentioned a lot during outbreaks.

Every year it seem to stretch further to other provinces. I would think Doxy is useless now, the way they prescribe it like candy, second to Amoxy.

Edited: 02 October 2017, 02:42
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9. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

Here's one the pharmacy / WHO or whoever is pushing the 'preventive' meds, won't tell you, they're useless, and if anything, will mask the symptoms early on, and you get a worse case, as stronger meds weren't administered earlier.

"Those who took antimalarials for prevention

or cure had a rate of infection due to malaria

similar to those who never used drugs "

Nothing new here, new strain, new drug, new resistance. Guess they are finally running out of ideas, and the afflicted usually aren't high on the social ladder, most low pay laborers, due to higher exposure, since outdoors for longer periods. So lots of talk, but nothing really done. Except more funding..............go figure. That flu syndrome.....LOL

" Incorrect drug administration or incomplete

treatment can lead to an increasing in

resistance to antimalarials (Wongsrichanalai et

al, 2001)."

As already suggested, cover up and Deet. And Dengue is more of an issue. 3 mozzies know to carry the parasite, though that same one, always getting the bad rep with Dengue and now Zika is back on the radar with every news-blip.

So more funding, for more spraying, and hopefully stop the present way. Then the cancer rates will go up again, and they'll actually scratch their head and wonder why.....LOL

Edited: 02 October 2017, 03:02
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10. Re: Super strain of malaria hits Southeast Asia

Don't google too much, you'll never leave the house. Comes in waves, and seems last 5 years haven't been good.

Take note, funding up up up, even in years contained, and up up up, and getting worse....hmm.....go figure.

who.int/malaria/…profile_tha_en.pdf

Mozzies......most danger critter to human. Little suckers always have, and probably always will be.

Edited: 02 October 2017, 03:19
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